That breathing thing . .

We all do it, don’t we. Coaches seem born with the belief that swimmers do not need to breathe. Swimmers seem born with the contrary belief – that air is best held on to for as long as possible being released only as late as is compatible with its immediate and full replacement with another quick gulp.

As usual, the swimmer is wrong. As usual also, that does not mean that coach has it just right.
As often, the nice people at SwimSmooth have a thought-through answer. See: http://www.swimsmooth.com/exhalation.html

I like what they write. I shall be trying out their recommended drills when an opportunity next arises. The big issue (for me) is that they do not say whether what is to be achieved is merely learning and internalising a different style of breathing, or whether it is about developing lung capacity – changing the muscle size etc. If it is the latter, it may prove more dificult.

A question – do freedivers use this?

Face Plant

On Monday our SL group went out on what I think was a good route.

As we were getting back home, I simply fell on my face. I didn’t see it, of course, but am told it was spectacular. Assuredly the results were. I now have a severely gouged face. As the wet blood solidified into black, the bruising as now begun to swell under my right eye. It is a long way from closed, but is uncomfortable. ey ho.

Morning Set

After a few days away, I needed a longer swim.
Loo and I swam a 1500m, followed by 10×100 back, mixing 100s kick, pull, drill and swim, then a short swim down.

I had to get out to take my grandson to nursery!

Today’s set

This was a bit of a recovery only.
300 WU
4×400, alternating 400s free and IM.
Drill 50s

I copped out on the IM, going down to 200IMand straight into 200 free.
It has, otherwise, been a hard week.

Overhead sculling

So you thought you had seen everything silly in swimming?

Try this (from the good people at goswim.tv) – Overhead Sculling.

Why? It is possible to swim and get somewhere but still to wonder why others go faster. One good reason is that we feel we are connecting with the water, though in reality we are windmilling. This drill will really test your connection with the water and isolate the hand movements necessary to make progress.

Take the invitation to use a pull buoy seriously.